Hollywood

Franchise Fatigue Drives Summer Box Office Slump

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue came to a head this weekend with the releases of “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft.”

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Chelsea Handler Promotes Nationwide #ImpeachTrump Day

Trump-loathing comedian Chelsea Handler is encouraging left-wing activists across the country to do “two of the things that make Trump angriest”– protest and call for his impeachment as part of the nationwide #ImpeachTrump: Act to Defend Democracy event Saturday.

Actress Chelsea Handler participates in the "Women's March On Main" during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Michael Moore: Robert Mueller ‘A Weak Man Hoping to Offend No One’

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday reacted furiously to special counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on his investigation into now-debunked collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, calling Mueller “a weak man hoping to offend no one.”

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 20: Michael Moore attends a photocall during the 13th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 20, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

NGO Warns China Using Hollywood to Expand Authoritarian Reach

WASHINGTON, DC — The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using its financial clout over Hollywood to exert influence and deepen its authoritarianism by censoring alternative ideas, an expert warned a House panel on Thursday.

This picture taken on April 27, 2018 shows people watching a movie at a cinema in Wanda Group's Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao, China's Shandong province. - A massive "movie metropolis" billed as China's answer to Hollywood opened on April 28, aiming to boost the domestic film industry and attract …